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Craig Larson

Craig Larson
Neb. Rural Radio Assn. General Manager  clarson@kneb.com

Bill Boyer

Bill Boyer @KNEBBill
Station Manager  bboyer@kneb.com

I am a Mullen native, and claim to be one of the 700 most popular people to grow up in Hooker County in the 1980s (no small task!) After a stint in the Alliance, I moved to Bridgeport where I graduated high school and met the love of my life, Reagan. After graduation, I went to Kearney and graduated from UNK in 2000 and married my high school sweetheart in 2001. My first and only son, Seth, was born in 2005. He continues to be an inspiration to me every day! After spending years in radio in Kearney, I dabbled in the world of city government (what was I thinking?), moving back to Bridgeport in 2008 to be the City Administrator. I was hired in 2011 as the Director of Operations at KNEB. It is truly a blessing to work for such an amazing organization! As you can guess, I am a weather nut, love technology, and love to golf. As a parent of an autistic child, I have become a strong advocate for autism spectrum awareness. I'm proud to volunteer for several local organizations, including Special Olympics and the United Way of Western Nebraska.

Kendra Feather

Kendra Feather
Sales Manager  kfeather@kneb.com

Scott Miller

Scott Miller
News Director  smiller@kneb.com

Chris Cottrell

Chris Cottrell @offaironpoint
Sports Director  ccottrell@kneb.com

Chabella Guzman

Chabella Guzman
Farm Director  cguzman@kneb.com

A Panhandle native, I graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1985. Attended and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Since graduation, I have lived in four states and worked in everything from retail to a fish packing company. I moved back to Scottsbluff in 2001, worked at Orcom Solutions, WPCI and finally put my degree to work at the Star-Herald, where I was a reporter/photographer. I tried my hand at owning my own business with the purchase of the Mitchell Index in 2014, unfortunately, it didn’t work out. I was fortunate in 2016, to land a position with KNEB as the Farm Director. I enjoy being part of the community and volunteer with the Midwest, the Monument Marathon, I'm a member of Western Nebraska Agri-Women and the Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee.

Adam Ostdiek

Adam Ostdiek
Sales Representative  aostdiek@kneb.com

I was born and raised in Gering and graduated from GHS in 2008. There is where I mean the best person, I know Sierra. Somehow I talked her into dating me all the way back in 2006. After high school I attended The University of Nebraska- Lincoln where I graduated with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. After graduation, I moved to Omaha then to Sidney, Nebraska. There I got married in 2015 and in 2016 our daughter was born, Sophie. She is truly the light of my world! We moved back home in 2016 to Gering and we could not be happier! I enjoy cooking, disc golf, camping and most of all spending time with my family. I am an avid Husker fan and cheer on the Chiefs and even Tottenham Hotspur. I volunteer for several local organizations including Special Olympics and am active in several different rec leagues.

Chuck Schwartz

Chuck Schwartz
Sales Representative  cschwartz@kneb.com

Chuck is a lifetime Nebraskan, born in Southwest Nebraska, growing up on a farm in Dundy County, 50 miles west of McCook. His elementary school education was in a one room school house, with one classmate and the same teacher all eight years. The family lived in Ogallala for two years, then relocated to North Platte. Starting school at the age of four finally made its’ presence felt – not only was a driver’s license unattainable until midway through his Junior year, but his growth spurt didn’t hit until late in his Senior year. After limited athletic participation in High School, he added three inches in height and 20 pounds in weight, allowing Chuck to play Basketball and Golf for the Knights at North Platte Community College. In Golf, Chuck qualified for the National Junior College Golf Tournament at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. While at N. P. C. C., Chuck helped form “The Radio Club”, which prepared content about happenings at the College and hosted a weekly one hour show on one of the local commercial Radio Stations. The show won the American Legion’s “Golden Mike Award”, judged as the best College Radio show amongst all the colleges and universities in Nebraska. At what was known as Kearney State College, Chuck worked on the Campus Radio Station as Sports Director his junior year. His senior year, Chuck became Sports Director at one of the commercial Radio Stations in Kearney. At the same time, Chuck met his future wife, Judy, who was a sophomore at Kearney State. With all the good things going on, Chuck expanded his final year into three semesters! An unforeseen benefit came from this – working on campus the summer of 1972, he received a call from the Radio Station in North Platte that had hosted the “Knights Night”, asking him to become an emergency fill in for the last part of the Baseball season. This led to an offer of full time employment, so Chuck got his Bachelor’s Degree on a Sunday, and started work the next day in North Platte, leading to a 41 year career in North Platte in both Radio and as owner of two different Retail businesses, until becoming the Station Manager at KNEB in Scottsbluff in 2013. Marrying after Judy’s graduation in 1974, the family grew to include Benjamin and Megan. Their children each have two children, making grand parenting the best job they’ve ever had. Enjoying good health, Chuck is having “too much fun” to think about retirement, so partially retired January 1, 2019, working an average of three days a week, but is always looking to add to the 44 states and 4 foreign countries he has visited.

Dave Strang

Dave Strang
Assistant News Director  dstrang@kneb.com

Started broadcast career in 1978 at KBRL in McCook. Worked at KFNF in Oberlin, Kansas for 10 years, with two years spent at KAPZ in Searcy, Arkansas. Moved to Scottsbluff in 1991 with KNEB, and aside from 5 years at the former Tracy Broadcasting, has worked as announcer, production director, and has been working in KNEB's award winning News Department since 2007. Served as tank gunner (11E30) in Nebraska Army National Guard (A-1/195) from 1977 to 1982. Avid supporter of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and works as military advocate for all service branches. Principal hobby and interest is aviation. Serves as Chapter Secretary for Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter #608.

Dennis Ernest

Dennis Ernest @knebhusker
Morning Show Host, KNEB 960 AM  dernest@kneb.com

A panhandle native, I was born and raised at Dalton, NE. Began pursuing the radio business in high school. Graduated from Dalton High School in 1976. Attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln, graduating, 1980 with BA in Broadcast Journalism. Worked professionally in Lincoln before joining Nebraska Rural Radio in 1982 and moving to Scottsbluff-Gering in 1984 when the company bought KNEB AM and KNEB FM. I served as Program Director and Operations Director for 28 years, before stepping back to Morning Show Host, News Co-Anchor, and Copy Writer. Father of two children, one grand child. 3 step kids from previous marriage, numerous step grand children. Have lived in Gering since 1987. Very blessed to have lived and worked in this community!

Justin Hanshew

Justin Hanshew
IT Manager/Announcer  jhanshew@kneb.com

Justin Hanshew, born and raised in western Nebraska. Graduated from Gering High School n 1997 then went into the US Navy. Was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia from 1997 to 2001, then in San Diego, California from 2001 to 2006. Moved back to Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 2007. He received his Associates degree in General Studies from Western Nebraska Community College in spring of 2015 and currently working on developing his country music career under the name of Justin Kane promoting is new single "Our Flag Is For The Fallen." He lives with his lovely wife Christina who works at Americo Carriers as an Executive Assistant, his step daughter Tyler Gipe is a Sophmore at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska and she is active in music and has a scholarship for track and cross country team. Justin has a son that is 21 years old named Michael Kuxhausen. Michael lives with in Castle Rock, Colorado. Justin is the IT manager for KNEB radio, Engineering assistant for NRR, afternoon announcer on 94.1 the brand, and many other duties as well. In other words he is the Jack of All Trades at KNEB.

Karen Schmer

Karen Schmer
Traffic Director  kschmer@kneb.com

Kinsey Senkel

Kinsey Senkel
Sales Representative  KSenkel@kneb.com

Nikolas Chizek

Nikolas Chizek @mylifeasnik
Production Director/Morning Show Host  nchizek@kneb.com

Nikolas Chizek was born in Alliance a long time ago in the year 1993. After moving around a lot as a small child, he eventually found a home with his family in Bridgeport in the 2nd grade. There, he learned that, even if you get done with your work early; you can't just get up and hit the playground. Throughout high school, it was always his dream to go to California. Knowing that being 5 foot 7 inches short really wouldn't help getting his foot in that big Hollywood door, he decided to take a detour to Scottsbluff in hopes of maybe growing a couple feet. That's when he found part-time work at KNEB and met a girl. He now had a different plan for his life. 2 years later and he is married and on A Brand New Morning full-time. Even though he has to put up with Bill at 6:00 am there's no place he'd rather be.

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy
New Media Coordinator; KNEB.tv News Anchor  rmurphy@kneb.com

Ryan has been able to call the Panhandle home since 2008. As an east coast native, he is pleased to be able to enjoy all the amenities that "The Good Life" has to offer. When he isn't working on stories for KNEB.tv, he enjoys golfing the bountiful golf courses that the region has to offer, catching a good live concert, and cheering on the Red Sox and Patriots. Ryan and his wife Audrey also enjoying spoiling their dog Bella on a daily basis.

Steve Kjos

Steve Kjos
KNEB-AM Midday Host  skjos@kneb.com

Tricia Strauch

Tricia Strauch
Sales Representative  tstrauch@kneb.com

I was born and raised in the Panhandle - a 1991 graduate of Gering High School (Go Bulldogs!). I recently moved to a country home outside of Stegal, NE with my husband, Alan. I have worked in sales at KNEB since 2013. My husband is an electrical contractor and owns his own company. I have 2 children that live and work in Scottsbluff and 2 step-sons, Cody lives and works in Wyoming and Tristin attends Gering High School and plays basketball and baseball. I am active in Scottsbluff Kiwanis and the Morrill Rotary Club and a graduate of Leadership Scotts Bluff-Class XXVIII. I am also a board member of The Legacy of the Plains Museum, Riverside Discovery Center and Leadership Scotts Bluff. We love spending time with our family, going to concerts and during football season traveling to Lincoln to watch Husker football!